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Township History Museum hosts exhibit about Bailly family and homestead

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History of Bailly family at Township Museum: Joseph Bailly's daughter, Rose Bailly Howe (left), and two granddaughters, Frances Howe and Jenny Wicker, are pictured on the porch at the Bailly Homestead circa 1890.     (Photo courtesy of the National Park Service)


The Westchester Township History Museum invites the public to view the new exhibit, The Bailly Family and Homestead, at the Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton.

In 1822, Joseph Bailly and his family became the first non-native settlers in Porter County. Bailly established a trading post and homestead here and even platted a town bearing his name--Baillytown. After his death, Baillyís daughters, their husbands and children ensured the survival of the homestead and the legacy of the Bailly family name in Porter County.

The new exhibit, The Bailly Family and Homestead, captures the history of the Bailly family, their life in the wilderness, and the decline and restoration of the homestead. Artifacts include those on loan from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the Porter County Museum, and the Sisters of Providence at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

Books from the Howe daughters are on display as well as a set of decorative ceramic tiles from the Bailly home, photographs detailing the changes at the homestead from the late-1800s to today, a fascinating Joseph Bailly comic book, and many more artifacts from the Bailly family and their Porter County home.

The Westchester Township History Museum partnered with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to present this exhibit as part of INDUís 50th Anniversary celebration. The exhibit will be open through October 2.

The exhibit area will be open to the public throughout the summer during regular Museum hours, Wednesdays through Sundays, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., as well as by appointment.

For further information call the Westchester Township History Museum during operating hours at 219-983-9715.


Posted 6/28/2016





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